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Netflix Announce New Death Note Live Action Series

Date: Wednesday March 22nd 2017 [17:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Fans of killer note books will want to write down the date Friday 25th August 2017, as that's when Netflix will release their live action adaptation of the cult manga title Death Note.

Light Yagami becomes Light Turner (Nat Wolff), L is still L (Lakeith Stanfield), Misa Amane "Misa-Misa" becomes Mia Sutton (Margaret Qualley), Ryuk is still called Ryuk and will be voiced by Willem Dafoe. We want to know, will Mia Sutton dress like Misa Misa? Will this version's L walk around barefoot and drink tea? The teaser trailer hints that it's big budget and the action has moved from Tokyo to Seattle in this adaptation. We also get a tease of Ryuk only seeing his eyes shortly after spying a bright red apple. It ends with the tag line - Shall we begin?

The show is a Netflix Original, so we expect it'll be made available to all Netflix subscribers in any territory.

Some fans are quick to point out that it's not Japanese! Why isn't it Japanese? Well there is already a Japanese Drama Series along with 3 live action Death Note Movies, you can buy them all at bargain prices from Amazon.co.uk (less than £20 for all 3 on DVD) -

- Death Note Live Action Movie
- Death Note 2: The Last Name
- Death Note: L Change The World

Netflix subscribers can watch the whole anime series on the service.

You can also get the complete original manga in a jumbo box set from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. Alternately they're available to buy separately, or the even more gothic Black Edition from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Read More... | Source: Netflix

Introducing The Manga Concierge

Date: Saturday February 11th 2017 [13:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Recently we interviewed Anne Ferrero of toco toco TV, she's just got in touch with us to tells us about a new show that's just started on YouTube The Manga Concierge. The show is in Japanese, with English and French subtitles.

Based in Shibuya, Torai Eisu is a "Manga Concierge", who guides people to the manga they "always wanted to read". In this program, we meet with him every month to hear his title selection, each time on a different theme. In this first episode, the manga concierge introduces three manga about 'game'.

Source: The Manga Concierge

Sony DVD and Blu-ray Sales Down

Date: Friday February 3rd 2017 [15:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We don't normally post about business news, but it's relevant to otaku. Sony have had to take a writedown on the value of it's movie business (PDF details here). One of the factors is faster than expected decline of DVD and blu-ray disc sales. People are switching to viewing titles via streaming services instead.

The Financial Times and BBC News have more details.

Source: The Financial Times

Ronia the Robber's Daughter Release Details

Date: Thursday January 26th 2017 [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Ghibli fans looking to enjoy something for the family at home, will want to tune into Ronia the Robber’s Daughter. It's a 26 part CGI cel-shaded anime is directed by Goro Miyazaki (Hayao Miyazaki's son) it's adapted from the story by Astrid Lindgren, who also wrote Pippi Longstocking, a title Hayao Miyazaki was considering adapting in the past. The show will be dubbed into English and features the narration by Gillian Anderson.

The Guardian has a nice write up of the series.

It's available to watch on Amazon Prime Video from Friday 27th January 2017. If you haven't got it already, you can always try a free trial via Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Read More... | Source: Amazon.com

Talking to toco toco tv

Date: Wednesday January 25th 2017 [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

We've interviewed a lot of interesting people in the anime industry over the years and were delighted when we discovered the mini-documentary show toco toco tv. The series available on YouTube has a simple and effective format they talk to various Japanese creators and introduce places they like in Japan while telling the viewer about their work.

The show is aired on the French TV channel Nolife since 2011 and YouTube (with English and French subtitles) since 2015.

Being intrigued about the show we wanted to know more, so decided to interview Anne Ferrero the show's director.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Seven Seas License Dragon Half Manga

Date: Friday January 13th 2017 [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

It seems that Christmas has come early for some manga fans as publisher Seven Seas Entertainment have just announced that they'll be releasing Dragon Half as a manga omnibus from December 2017.

Certain anime fans will be aware of the much loved crazy title that follows the adventures of half human half dragon Mink, who has fallen for male idol and dragon slayer Dick Saucer (yes, that is his name). The 1993 two episode OVA was mad cap to say the least for many it was an early introduction into how crazy anime can be. That and how you can reinterpret Beethoven's Symohony Number 7 and the joy of omelettes (you really need to watch the anime to appreciate this). Yum! Tamago! *ahem*

Even if you haven't seen the anime If you love Japanese RPGs, you'll want to get a hold of this title.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

An Interview with Animation Director Takeshi Honda

Date: Thursday December 29th 2016 [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

UK anime company Anime Limited are great for getting guests over to the UK, this year alone they had Makoto Shinkai the director of hit anime Your Name, Psycho-Pass director Naoyoshi Shiotani, plus anime director Michael Arias.

Most of these guests appeared at either the May or October 2016 MCM London Comic Con. Our last interview of the year is no means the least. Here's our interview with animation director Takeshi Honda. He's probably best known for his work on the rebuild of Evangelion movies. He's an industry veteran having worked on the original Evangelion TV series and the original movies as well. He's also recently directed his own short anime.

We caught up with Mr Honda at the MCM London Comic Con in October 2016 for an exclusive interview.

What makes him interesting to interview was that he's worked with so many top notch directors, Hayao Miyazaki, Hideaki Anno, Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda and many more. From an interviewer's stand point we could easily talk to him for a few hours about any of these individual directors to gain insight. We know academics who would have a million questions for Mr Honda and picking a limited set of questions was a great challenge. For this interview we carefully selected a range of questions to cover his career and we hope that you find these insights interesting.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Kiki's Delivery Service Theatrical Adaptation an Interview at the Southwark Playhouse

Date: Wednesday December 14th 2016 [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The holiday season is always a good time to relax and catch a performance at the theatre. There's always something for everyone in London. This year the Southwark Playhouse have looked to Japan for some inspiration and produced stage play of Kiki's Delivery Service.

The title is best known as the much loved Studio Ghibli feature film, which is based on the book by Eiko Kadono. Being fans of Japan we were certainly intrigued. We caught up with the Southwark Play House's Artistic Director and CEO Chris Smyrnios for an exclusive interview to find out more about the play.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Takarabune Art Show by Junko Mizuno December 2016

Date: Thursday December 8th 2016 [15:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers in LA who are fans of renowned creepy-kawaii manga artist Junko Mizuno will want to head over to Gallery Nucleus on Saturday December 17th, 2016 for the opening reception of her new exhibition. Junko Mizuno's second Japan-themed art show will run from December 17th, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Admission to the opening reception is free, booking is required. As always with popular events, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

For those looking to find out more we interviewed Junko Mizuno last time she was in London.

Read More... | Source: Junko Mizuno

An interview with Psycho-Pass Director Naoyoshi Shiotani

Date: Tuesday November 29th 2016 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The MCM London Comic Con is always great for anime guests! This time around at the October 2016 event on of the anime guests of honour was Naoyoshi Shiotani. Working for Production I.G, he's directed a few titles including the hugely popular dystopian future anime Psycho-Pass. The good folks at Anime Limited arranged to the director over to the UK just in time to promote the UK home video release of the Psycho-Pass Movie.

Rather than sending our editor to interview him, we wanted to send in a Psycho-Pass super fan. So we sent in Nes who cosplayed as antagonist Makishima while interviewing Mr Shiotani. Not only did it make for an interesting interview, Nes managed to find some interesting insights into the series that many fans may have not been aware of!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Original Ghost in the Shell Manga Re-release Details

Date: Saturday November 19th 2016 [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

While everyone's talking about the up coming live action Ghost in the Shell Movie starting Scarlett Johansson, lots of people will want to read Masamune Shirow's original source material. The good folks at manga publisher Kodansha Comics have just announced the release dates for Deluxe editions of the original manga. These editions will be in In the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time. They also include brand new bonus content.

This is all 3 volumes, The original Ghost In the Shell manga (labelled as The Ghost in the Shell 1 Deluxe Edition), The Ghost in the Shell 2, plus Ghost in the Shell 1.5 which fills the gaps between volume 1 and 2.
All three will be hard cover editions.

They'll also be releasing a movie tie-in edition, the contents of which is a bit vague. Is it just the first volume with a different cover? Or extra content? We're not sure yet.

All 4 volumes are due out on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

You can pre-order them now from Amazon.

The Ghost in the Shell 1 Deluxe Edition - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Ghost in the Shell 2 Deluxe Edition (Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface) - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Ghost in the Shell 1.5 Deluxe Edition (Human-Error Processor) - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Ghost in the Shell 1 Movie Tie-In Edition - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

They're definitely worth getting if you haven't already got any Ghost in the Shell manga, especially the first volume as this is one of the most influential manga titles ever written.

Source: Kodansha Comics

Makoto Shinkai's Your Name Review

Date: Thursday November 17th 2016 [15:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Makoto Shinkai's latest movie Your Name is due for a UK wide cinema release on Thursday 24th November 2016. You can find a screening near you by visiting YouNameTheMovie.co.uk.

We saw the the movie before it started to climb at the Japanese box office and become one of the highest grossing movies of all time in Japan.

We also interviewed the director Makoto Shinkai asking him lots of interesting questions about the movie.

Now the question you're asking, is the movie actually any good? Well wonder no more. We wrote this review before the hype picked up. So read on to get thoughts on the film!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Makoto Shinaki Director of Your Name

Date: Tuesday November 15th 2016 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Makoto Shinkai's latest movie Your Name is about to hit the UK nationally on Thursday 24th November 2016. Last month we were lucky enough to catch up with Mr Shinkai to talk about Your Name while he was in London for the BFI London Film Festival.

You can catch the box office smash hit by going to YourNameTheMovie.co.uk to find a screening near you.

This isn't Makoto Shinkai's first time in London. We interviewed him in 2008 last time he was at the BFI promoting 5 Centimeters Per Second.

You can read our Your Name review too if you're interested to know more about the film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Lindsay Jones and Barbara Dunkelman of RWBY

Date: Friday November 11th 2016 [17:00] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

Lindsay Jones and Barbara Dunkelman voice Ruby Rose and Yang Xiao Long in the popular anime RWBY. The fourth season of the show has just been launched and we were lucky enough to catch up with them at the MCM London Comic Con for an exclusive interview and the chance to chat to them about the show, what we can expect from Volume 4 and the life of a voice actor and all round community figure at Rooster Teeth. RWBY Volume 4 can be seen on Rooster Teeth with new episodes being released every Saturday.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

MECHA-UDE crowdfunding project launches on Kickstarter

Date: Monday October 3rd 2016 [13:29] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Animator Sae Okamoto seeking $25,000 goal for short film pilot on crowdfunding platform.

Read More... | Source: MECHA-UDE Kickstarter page

Sherlock: A Study in Pink Manga Release Date

Date: Monday September 12th 2016 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of BBC Series Sherlock will already know about the English language release of the manga adaptation we've covered before.

Currently Titan Comics have split the manga up into 6 comic books to sell the chapters separately. The full collected manga for Sherlock: A Study in Pink will be released on 31st January 2016 as a single book.

The book is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Read More... | Source: Amazon.co.uk

Crunchyroll and Funimation announce content partnership

Date: Thursday September 8th 2016 [15:47] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Funimation and Crunchyroll have signalled a major change to their platforms as they announce plans to cross-share content. The deal will make major changes for US, Canadian, UK and Ireland customers of both platforms.

Read More... | Source: FunimationNow UK/ROI blog

An Interview Hirokatsu Kihara - Horror Writer and Studio Ghibli Production Manager

Date: Wednesday July 27th 2016 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

One of the fun parts about running Otaku News is that you get to meet interesting people. In July 2016 we went to Japanese Cultural Festival Hyper Japan and met Hirokatsu Kihara. The former Studio Ghibli Production Manager is now a horror story writer and yokai expert. Hirokatsu Kihara sounded just like the kind of person you'd be interested in hearing from. So we caught up with him for an interview.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Nintendo and Uniqlo Team Up for T-shirt Design Competition

Date: Sunday July 3rd 2016 [15:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Nintendo with an artistic streak will be interested to hear about Uniqlo's UTGP'17 T-shirt design competition. The grand prize is £7,000 and will be judged by Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto (along with a special team of judges). The design competition is open world wide. The theme is simply Nintendo. So if you've got an idea for a Nintendo themed t-shirt you've been itching to get made, now is the time to get submitting!

The winning t-shirts will be sold through Uniqlo in Spring 2017.

The competition is due to close on Wednesday 31st August 2016.

Read More... | Source: Uniqlo

Fakku Publishing and Toshio Maeda Running Kickstarter to publish Legend of the Overfiend in English

Date: Wednesday June 22nd 2016 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Sitting on a train travelling home, a man wearing a trench coat walked past me, I couldn't see his face, it was covered by the brim of his hat, I could see he had a moustache. I thought this was strange attire for the middle of June. I didn't know who he was, but he clearly knew me. Just as the train pulled into the next station he passed me a plain brown envelope and left the train before I could process what happened.

I waited until I got home until opening the envelope, just in case, as it's not everyday mustachioed stranger delivers a letter on public transport. The letter was from on-line retailer United Publications, they wanted to tell us that they've started stocking books for *ahem* mature readers from publisher Fakku. The letter said Fakku are company driven by fans, something United Publications are keen to support.

Not wanting to stop, the letter carried on.

"We know you've met renowned hentai master Toshio Maeda, but are you aware of the Kickstarter to get his most famous work Legend of the Overfiend published in English?"

We weren't aware of this Kickstarter, but now we are. Thank you, kind trenchcoated stranger.

The Kickstarter is due to end on Wednesday 20th July 2016. As of the time of writing $32,919 has been pledged towards the $47,000 (USD) target.

Source: Fakku Kickstarter

Animatsu Licenses In This Corner of the World

Date: Wednesday June 15th 2016 [16:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just been sent details from Animatsu Entertainment, an affiliate company of Manga Entertainment UK. They've just announced that they've secured global distribution rights animated feature In This Corner of the World. The film is based on the the award-winning manga written by Fumiyo Kouno. It tells the tale of Suzu, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima.

This is an interesting move by Animatsu, until now they've mainly acquired rights to distribute titles in the UK and Ireland. Often partnering with American and Australian anime companies for resources such as the subtitles and English language dub. We asked Animatsu to elaborate on their new acquisition strategy, but they can't divulge anything as yet.

Read More... | Source: Animatsu Entertainment

An Interview with Anime Director Michael Arias

Date: Monday June 6th 2016 [15:59] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

Lots of anime fans aspire to join the anime industry. Very few from the west make it. Even fewer people go on to direct well known titles like Tekkonkinkreet, or produced the Animatrix. Michael Arias was a guest at the MCM London Comic Con this May 2016. We were lucky enough to catch him for an exclusive interview, while he was here to promote Harmony, his latest feature film, it's due for a home video release in the UK sometime in Q4 2016 thanks to Anime Limited.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tezuka and Toriyama Artwork Auction Sale Results

Date: Wednesday June 1st 2016 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've already mentioned the Sotheby's auction that contained artwork from Osamu Tezuka and Akira Toriyama. What we haven't covered is how much each item went for.

The prices listed below are the hammer price with the buyer's premium.

The Tezuka artwork went mostly within the estimated prices.

Lot 231 was estimated to sell for 8,000 to 10,000 EUR. It went for 8,750.

Lot 232 was estimated to sell for 3,000 to 4,000 EUR. It went for 3,625.

Lot 233 was estimated to sell for 2,000 to 3,000 EUR. It went for 1,750.

Lot 234 was estimated to sell for 2,500 to 3,000 EUR. It went for 2,750.1

Akira Toriyama's drawing was Lot 235 with an estimated sale price of 2,000 to 3,000 EUR. It sold for 15,000. That's 5 times the original estimated price.

Source: Sotheby's

Ray Gigant (PS Vita) Review

Date: Tuesday May 10th 2016 [15:46] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Features

Today we're posting a guest review by Ashley McNeil who is an actual scientist and blogs about comics, games and other awesome nerdy subjects at http://www.sciencepunk.co.uk.

Ash is reviewing Ray Gigant from Experience Inc.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Sotheby's to Auction Tezuka and Toriyama Artwork

Date: Thursday May 5th 2016 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Manga fans with cash to splash will want to head over to famous auctioneers Sotheby's for their bandes dessinées auction (drawn strips). The collection of sequential art is mainly European and American artists. However manga fans are in for a treat with manga master Osamu Tezuka artwork for sale with prices ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 EUR. They've also got an original Akira Toriyama drawing too, which is estimated to sell from 2,000 to 3,000 EUR.

The auction will take place on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 2pm in Paris. You can bid on-line, but note that first-time bidders must pre-register 24 hours in advance of the sale in order to be approved by Sotheby's.

Thanks to Deb Aoki for the tip off on this story.

Read More... | Source: Sotheby's

Finnish iOS Users are Discovering a Whole New World of Anime with Autocorrect

Date: Tuesday April 26th 2016 [14:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We're not certain if all our readers keep up to date with Finnish tech current affairs, so read on if you haven't heard about this already. In order to explain this we need to teach you some basic Finnish.

Read More... | Source: Digitoday

Risa Taneda and Yuri Yamaoka Visit Fosse Farm

Date: Monday April 25th 2016 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

It's no secret we've got a soft spot for anime Kinmoza. The anime follows the adventures of English schoolgirl Alice in Japan. She lives with her friend Shino and they get up to everyday slice of life adventures. We've covered how Fosse Farm was used as the location for Alice's house in the UK.

Last week voice actresses Risa Taneda and Yuri Yamaoka paid a visit to Fosse Farm. Risa plays Aya Komichi in Kinmoza and is part of the Rhodanthe* group. You may have also heard her voicing Kaori Miyazono in Your Lie in April. Yuri has been in numerous anime titles and video games.

Read More... | Source: Fosse Farm

Ozarin: Anime Japan 2016 - An Adventure in Odaiba!

Date: Friday April 22nd 2016 [16:11] | Posted By: Bryoz
Category: > Features

I was lucky enough to attend Anime Japan, a massive entertainment focused event in Odaiba, to check out some of the latest and upcoming Japanese animation!

Read More... | Source: Ozarin

Kadokawa Buy Majority Stake in Yen Press

Date: Tuesday April 12th 2016 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Manga publishing imprint Yen Press have just announced that they have entered into an agreement with mega-content publisher Kadokawa. The Yen Press imprint will be span off to form a new company Yen Pres LLC. Kadokawa will own 51% of the new company while the original parent company of Yen Press, Hachette Book Group will own the remaining 49%.

This is interesting news. There are many reasons why a Japanese media giant like Kadokawa would want their own English language manga publisher. Industry watchers are already speculating about what Yen Press will do next.

The news was first announced on Anime News Network.

Read More... | Source: Yen Press

Ocha & Co - Matcha By Mail Order

Date: Saturday April 9th 2016 [14:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

While taking a day off from being an otaku I was browsing the stalls at the London Coffee Festival looking for ways to feed my never ending caffeine addiction. You never really switch off from being an otaku, as I stumbled upon a Japanese tea company Ocha & Co who are promoting themselves to coffee connoisseurs.

Many of our readers are fans of Japanese matcha powder and loose leaf Japanese tea, so naturally I was curious. The staff at Ocha & Co explained that they source directly from one tea producer in Shizuoka. The organic certified tea is then shipped quickly to them and then on again directly to the customer. They're keen to get the tea directly from the plantation to your cup in the shortest possible time. You can also buy their matcha and teas direct from Japan using Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Source: Ocha & Co

Kiniro Mosaic Manga Licensed in English by Yen Press

Date: Monday March 28th 2016 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Regular readers of Otaku News will know our editor has a soft spot for Kiniro Mosaic. It's the story of a British school girl called Alice who lives with her Japanese friend Shinobu in Japan. A few years ago we went to the the actual location used for the anime. The anime is based on a 4 panel gag manga with the same name. Yen Press have just announced that they've got the license for the manga. They announced the news at Sakura-Con 2016. As of yet, there is no scheduled release date for the manga by Yui Hara.

There is also a special episode of the anime in works too.

Source: Yen Press

Sherlock Manga Release Details Update

Date: Saturday March 26th 2016 [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've already published details about Titan Comic's up-coming release of the Sherlock Manga. As news is spreading we wanted to know more details about the actual release. So we go it touch with Titan Comics editor Andrew James to talk about the release.

Read More... | Source: Titan Comics

Viewster To End Omakase Subscription Box Service

Date: Monday March 21st 2016 [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've covered on-line streaming service Viewster and their Omakase Subscription merchandise box service before.

Last week Viewster announced that the Hatsune Miku Box will be the last. Viewster will continue to offer streaming anime, and it seems that this decision has not impacted their streaming service. Any subscribers to the service will get 2 months hi-definiton streaming, then the service will not renew the regular credit card charge. Viewster will still be offering anime streaming services, but will no longer be offering a premium merchandise box.

Read More... | Source: Omakase

Ozarin: An Overdue Holiday - Japan 2016

Date: Sunday March 20th 2016 [9:32] | Posted By: Bryoz
Category: > Websites

I'm taking a long overdue holiday in Japan! I'll be posting my adventures between March 21st - April 16th 2016. You can read my itinerary and how to follow my journey here.

Read More... | Source: Ozarin

Riding Bean smashes $30,000 Kickstarter goal in 2 hours!

Date: Wednesday March 16th 2016 [19:06] | Posted By: Bryoz
Category: > Anime > DVD

The Riding Bean OVA Anime Blu-Ray Kickstarter has now surpassed $100,000, proving that their is indeed a market for the high octane action of Bean Bandit and his 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500.

Read More... | Source: Kickstarter: Riding Bean High Octane Edition Anime Blu-ray

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